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The Best Mariachi in the World / El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo

By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 4, 2008

The Best Mariachi in the World/El Mejor Mariachi del MundoThe Best Mariachi in the World / El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo

by J. D. Smith (Author), Dani Jones (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Raven Tree Press C/O Delta; Bilingual edition (October 1, 2008)

The Best Mariachi in the World is a great little story about a boy and his numerous attempts to convince his family that he can be a part of their mariachi band. In addition to being an endearing tale about the timeless quest to find one’s calling, the author has built a Spanish lesson into the book. Key words throughout the text are highlighted and written in Spanish–it’s pretty easy to figure out what they mean given the context of the story but there’s also a handy guide at the back of the book with definitions and a little background information on Mariachi music. The reader gets a great story, some cultural references and a language lesson all rolled into one! Definitely a worthwhile read.

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Luisa LaFleur reviews bilingual books for The Children’s Book Review to help parents choose the best books for their budding linguists. She was born in Argentina, attended school in NYC and speaks three foreign languages–Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Formerly an editor in NYC, Luisa is currently a stay-at-home mom to two little ones.

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  • I am delighted that you have taken the time to review my book The Best Mariachi in the World/El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo, and I am honored to be included in the company of the authors you mention here. I hope you are as thrilled as I am with Dani Jones’ illustrations.

    I welcome the opportunity to meet readers and sign books in my home of Washington, DC or wherever you may be happen to be.

    December 12, 2008
  • Thanks for taking the time to comment. Your book is a pleasure to read and has been a big hit in our house–especially the heartwarming illustrations. My daughter has developed quite an affinity for Gustavo!

    December 13, 2008
  • P.S.: Please do tell us when you have local booking readings or other events!

    December 13, 2008
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